Keep the BayView newspaper in print

$6,311 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 121 people in 3 months

All of us who have internet access can read the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper ( http://sfbayview.com/) online, but for tens of thousands of our readers, the monthly print edition is essential. The core of the Bay View’s readership lives in the hood or in prison.

Just today a prisoner wrote: “Guys are lined up to read each month of your paper, and the message is spread and respected by every man here. Mass incarceration is a nationwide problem, and the Bay View is the link that solidifies us in this fight.” 

The Bay View is the only newspaper widely read both inside and outside prison

The Bay View print edition is a great big 24-page broadsheet newspaper filled with 30-40 stories each month written mostly by its readers. We publish famous writers too when they write a story that’s too hot for the mainstream press.

The Bay View is an organizer’s right arm. Because the Bay View spread the word, a world record 30,000 prisoners joined the California hunger strike that swung open the doors of thousands of torturous solitary confinement cells and spurred the movement to end prison slavery throughout the U.S. The strike succeeded because the Bay View is a network connecting prisoners with each other and allies in the outside world.

Without enough advertising, newspapers go out of print or out of existence

Advertising is the lifeblood of a newspaper, and many big advertisers have moved away from print. Every month’s Bay View print edition used to carry enough ads to pay for itself, to pay the basic costs of production: printing, distribution and mailing. (The Bay View has no paid staff; we’re all volunteers.) But in recent months, ad revenue has plummeted, and the costs of both printing and mailing have gone up.

In 2017, total income from all sources – ads, subscriptions and donations – averaged only $8,000 per month. Those three basic production expenses total over $7,000 a month. That leaves the rent, utilities, insurance and other necessities to be paid out of advertising and subscription revenue, but we can’t make ends meet without your help.

Why brighten the lives of people in the hood and in prison?

The millions of people in prison and the hoods are our FREEDOM FIGHTERS. From the most intense oppression, like diamonds from coal, comes an unquenchable thirst for liberation – and the Bay View gives that force a voice and an organizing network.

A prisoner in California writes: “The person next cell down asked me if I’d like to read your newspaper … and guess what? I didn’t put it down till I read the whole paper. I loved it.” From Georgia: “I share the paper with countless people, making the younger ones aware of injustice.” From Pennsylvania: “Thank you for the opportunity of getting to know so many others’ struggles, to be able to see that when I am having a bad day that one of my brothers or sisters may have it worse.” From Florida: “The Bay View is an oasis of answers in a desert of questions.” From Texas: “I am in deep gratitude to you for seeing the light in me and giving me a chance to shine.”

For our brothers and sisters in the hood and in prison, please help keep the Bay View in print!
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We are THRILLED and bursting with gratitude and joy to see you've stepped up, dealt with the challenge, the emergency, and resolved it! So quickly!

We switched from Chase to a relatively small community bank last year, and I was afraid we were so marginal they'd let us go. So I just sent a picture of your donations to them to show that when there's a crisis, they won't be the losers.

Thanks a million, everybody! You've saved the Bay View to live another day ... month ... year ... forever!
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How I hate to beg ... but ... we're $632 overdrawn at the bank; the Postal Service deposited their check for our monthly mailing earlier than expected. If we can raise the money today, it will be deposited tonight. Otherwise, they'll bounce the check and the Postal Service will make it hard on us.

Can a few beautiful, generous folks who can afford it pitch in and see if we can make that goal or close to it? We love and appreciate you all for all you've done ... and hope you can do a little more. Please share our GoFundMe campaign again too. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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Dear supporters, we're making progress. The March paper is out and mailed ... and it's worth a read. For those outside the Bay Area who don't subscribe, you can read all the stories on our website, http://sfbayview.com/.

But we still need help. The landlord just emailed that his father died and he needs our rent to pay expenses, plus the good fellows who distribute the paper haven't been fully paid and the check to the post office for the mailing needs to be covered.

So rent of $1,500, plus $500 for distribution and $1,800 for bulk mail adds up to $3,800. Please spread this campaign to more good people who may be moved to help. That $3,800 is needed right away.

Thanks to you, the Bay View has survived three more months since we started this campaign, and I have faith we can keep going if everyone pitches in.
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We at the Bay View love you -- every single one of you who's pitched in -- and we're looking for more. Every donation, whether $5 or $100, has been essential to keeping the Bay View in print. It's more fun than ever producing, distributing and mailing the paper knowing that all of you have helped!

It's a thrill too to be halfway to our goal. Can we get all the way there by the end of February? We must pay $1,500 for the rent and $3,500 for printing. Please donate again if you can and, even more importantly, please share this GoFundMe campaign far and wide.

In this past week, we've held two fundraisers, two performances of Charlie Hinton's hit play, "Solitary Man." Not only does the play poignantly evoke what solitary confinement feels like, but the acting and music are superb! Another performance in April is in the works, this time in Berkeley.

Thanks to YOU, we've put out two papers, January and February, since posting this GoFundMe. We're not over the hump yet, but our prospects are much brighter, thanks to you. It's Mardi Gras week, and you know what they say in New Orleans: "Laissez le bon temps rouler!" "Let the good times roll!"

This is Fred Johnson, consummate mu
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